After finishing down in eighteenth during Saturday’s opening race around the streets of Detroit, Will Power came back fighting on Sunday, and was able to finish on the podium.
The Team Penske driver had been lapped on Saturday, but he had much more pace and better luck with his strategy call on Sunday, working his way into contention after starting seventh on the grid, although he found himself jumped by team-mate Josef Newgarden for second behind winner Graham Rahal.
Power believes Sunday’s pace was more reflective of his #12 machine and the team, and he was far happier with the result that he had been on Saturday, and now moves onto the very different oval at Texas Motor Speedway sitting eighth in the points standings, 70 points behind Scott Dixon.
“Yesterday was just unlucky when the yellow came,” said Power on Sunday. “We kind of went halfway between a two-stop and a three-stop. We went longer than the three-stop guys. I was saving so much fuel yesterday that I was too slow.
“The guys did a great job with the strategy today. I’m very happy with third. Today was much more representative of the car we had this weekend. Thanks to all of the guys, Verizon and Chevrolet.”